Placenta Encapsulation is a centuries-old practice, most often seen in Chinese medicine. In short, it involves the practice of ingesting the placenta after it has been steamed, dehydrated, ground, and placed into pills. Traditionally, this is taken by the mother and is believed to impart numerous health benefits. It is frequently taken shortly after giving birth, during a woman’s menstrual period, or during menopause with the belief that it helps counter some of the symptoms of menopause.
History Of Placenta Encapsulation
Placentas' has been used since the 1500s to aid mothers in postpartum
A method in which the placenta is steamed with herbs and then sliced, dehydrated, ground into a fine powder, and then made into pills.
*All claims of benefits are anecdotal as there have been very few studies done*
From Birth To Pill
We offer 3 options of encapsulation
Basic, Traditional, and Both...
The Raw Method of preparation skips the heating process altogether, by not steaming the placenta. It is believed by not steaming the placenta it is preserving more of the essential nutrients, and not degrade the hormone and nutritional value. Using this option provides a burst of energy upfront, and great hormone boost. It is very energizing which might be exactly what your postpartum concern so it meets your needs well, and some find it leaves them feel more anxious.
This method tends to yield more than the Traditional method as it is not steamed first before encapsulation. Depending on capsule size 0 or 00 and size of the placenta, yield is generally from 90 -190.
The Basic method is dehydrated at the highest temperature, 160°, for 4 hours before being drop down 120° for 20 hours.
Traditional (steamed) Method
The Traditional method of preparation involves gently heating the placenta first with steam and optional fresh organic ginger in the water, then dehydrating the placenta before it is put into capsules.
Using this preparation is thought to bring out the placenta's healing and longer lasting tonifying properties. This method is thought to be best when working with a history of depression or postpartum depression.
This method tends to yield fewer capsules than the Basic method as it is steamed first before encapsulation. Depending on capsule size 0 or 00 and size of the placenta, yield is generally from 70 -150. This method is heated at the highest temperature, 160°, for two hours before being dropped down to 125° for 22 hours.
Many mothers enjoy having both types of encapsulation, so we do half Traditional and half Basic. They enjoy using the Traditional for when they first start taking their capsules to have that more consistent hormone stabilization and the Basic for the more energetic properties when they are ready to start adding more into their day. A wonderful option brought to you by the amazing women we have served the last few years. We call this “Both” because it is not a true half and half as the everything is heated at highest temperature, 160°, for 4 hours before being dropped down 120° for 20 hours.
Depending on capsule size 0 or 00 and size of the placenta, yield is generally from 70 -180.
The Process Of
*Reserve your birth date (EDD)
Our encapsulation specialists get booked fast. To reserve your EDD we require a $75 deposit at the time of booking.
*Contact your encapsulation specialist as soon as possible after the baby is born, so we can begin processing your placenta within 48 hours or less. We will come to the home, hospital, or birthing center for pickup.
*Once we receive your placenta, we begin processing it typically within 24hrs. Your capsules are then delivered to you within two days. We will contact you to ensure your encapsulation is prepared and delivered to meet your needs.
Benefits & Studies
189 women over age 18 responded to a 21 question survey conducted in 2010 by the University of Las Vegas Anthropology Department.
Of those surveyed, the most commonly reported benefits of placentophagy were–
improved mood (40%),
increased energy (26%),
improved lactation (15%),
alleviated bleeding (7%).
Of the most commonly reported negative effects–
69% reported no negative effects,
unpleasant taste (7%),
and headache (4%).
A link between decreased maternal exhaustion and high-quality sleep was found connected to mothers who ingested their placenta.(Selander).
The Research Validates Some of The Most Common Benefits Reported
Overall decreased recovery time
Reduced postpartum bleeding and faster uterine involution (involution refers to the uterus returning to its pre-pregnancy size)
A decrease in the incidence and severity of postpartum depression and “baby blues”
Restoration of blood iron levels
Increase in milk production